06:08 Svitolina plays for Ukraine against Russia: “I’m doing this for my country” –

06:08 Svitolina plays for Ukraine against Russia: “I’m doing this for my country” –

Elina Svitolina initially refused to play against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova at the WTA tournament in Monterrey, but the Ukrainian took to the court on Tuesday night and won easily. With the prize money in Mexico, he hopes to support his country’s army in the war against Russia.

In an hour of the game, Svitolina (27) gave Potapova only three games, seven years younger than her: 6-2 and 6-1. The number fifteen in the world wore the colors of the Ukrainian flag with a yellow hat, yellow shirt and blue pants.

Last Monday, Svitolina announced that she would never play for Monterrey. He was disappointed, among other things, that tournament organizations had not yet discussed the Russian war in Ukraine, but a joint statement was made on Tuesday.

The international tennis association ITF suspends Russian and Belarusian associations, preventing tennis players from these countries from participating in the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup. Participation in Grand Slam tournaments and ATP and WTA Tour events is allowed provided that athletes from Russia and Belarus play under a neutral flag.

Elina Svitolina was too strong for the Russian Anastasia Potapova in an intense match.


Elina Svitolina was too strong for the Russian Anastasia Potapova in an intense match.

Elina Svitolina was too strong for the Russian Anastasia Potapova in an intense match.

Photographer: Getty Images

“I don’t play for myself”

Reason enough for Svitolina to participate in the WTA tournament in Monterrey. “I’m not just playing this game for me here,” he said after Mexico’s difficult game.

“I play for my country. My mission is to unite the tennis community and thereby support Ukraine, because what all Ukrainians are going through is terrible.”

Svitolina announced Monday that she would donate all the prize money she earned in the coming weeks to military and humanitarian organizations in her home country. “I play to support people in need and the Ukrainian military. Every win will be very special to me.”

In the second round of the WTA tournament in Monterrey, Svitolina will face the number 103 of the world Bulgarian Viktoria Tomova. The number one on the starting list will not be able to meet players from Russia or Belarus for the rest of the tournament.

Source: NU

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